The Senate will continue our Videoconferencing (SVC) Pilot Project during the 2016 legislative session. In 2016, the SVC Pilot Project will give State and County departments, agencies, and constituents the opportunity to testify remotely via videoconference for measures during most standing committee hearings of the Committee on Economic Development, Environment, and Technology. In addition, the other committees assigned to Senate Conference Room 414 may be incorporating videoconference presentations and other online meeting tools in selected informational briefings during the 2016 legislative session.
This pilot project will explore the use of videoconference technology as a way to expand opportunities for the public to actively participate in formulating new legislation. At the same time, the Senate will benefit from additional State, County, and community input and discussion.
The Senate endeavors to expand the project in the future to cover more committees, more hearings, and perhaps a wider audience; however, initially, this pilot project will be limited and will require the patience and understanding all Senators and staff, as well as the public.
The SVC pilot project will apply only to committee hearings for EET held in conference room 414. This pilot project may not be available for joint committee hearings for which EET is not the lead committee. The hearing notices for SVC Pilot Project hearings will indicate that videoconference testimony will be allowed and contain a link to instructions for the public on how to participate.
All Hawaii residents may participate in this pilot project, including State or County departments or agencies. All others may continue to submit written testimony or appear personally at the Senate to provide verbal testimony.
Interested eligible participants must submit written testimony at least 24 hours prior to the committee hearing in order to testify via videoconference. Click here for instructions on how to submit testimony to Senate committees.
The number of participants who may provide testimony via videoconference as part of this pilot project will be limited. Reservations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. However, preference will be given to Neighbor Island residents if there are more people interested in testifying via videoconference than we can accommodate. The EET Chair may limit the time allotted for each testifier to ensure that all testifiers have an opportunity to address the committee. If an individual is unavailable when called to provide videoconference testimony, the individual shall forfeit the opportunity to testify via videoconference; however, his or her previously submitted written testimony will still be considered.
Interested eligible participants must have access to a computer with internet connectivity, a working webcam, and valid email account. The minimum system requirements are as follows:
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